About the 2020 Census
The decennial census is the once-a-decade population and housing count of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The results of the census determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw state legislative and local districts. Federal agencies use the results to distribute more than $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas each year.
When does the 2020 Census start?
The next decennial census will be held in 2020. Every household in the United States will receive their invitation to participate by mid-March. After receiving your invitation, you can submit your responses via online, phone, or mail. Your participation in the 2020 Census is your way of saying “I count and so does my community.” Join Kansas Counts in our efforts to ensure every Kansas resident has the opportunity to participate—because everyone counts.
History of the U.S. Census
Thomas Jefferson directed the first decennial census in 1790. As required by the U.S. Constitution, a census has been taken every 10 years thereafter. In 1840, the Census Act authorized the establishment of a centralized Census Office. In 1902, the Census Office became a permanent organization within the Department of the Interior. A year later, it was renamed the Bureau of the Census and moved to the new Department of Commerce and Labor.
What is the U.S. Census Bureau?
The U.S. Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. The U.S. Census Bureau’s vision is to be the trusted source for timely and relevant statistical information, and the leader in data-driven information. Data is collected through the decennial census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census and many other surveys.
What is the purpose of the census in 2020?
Population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors are used to determine the allocation of federal funds, grants and support to Kansas as well as to our counties, cities and communities. People in your community use Census Bureau data in all kinds of ways.
The census provides essential information for you, your city, your county, and the state of Kansas.
Meet the Kansas Complete Count Committee
In 2019 Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, signed an executive order convening a Kansas Complete Count Committee. The Kansas Department of Commerce provides support, as feasible, given existing resources to support the mission and activities of the committee. The KS CCC will promote and advertise the 2020 Census, respond to questions and concerns about the census, focus available resources on hard-to-count areas and populations, and ensure the highest participation rate possible.
|Brian McClendon||Research Professor||The University of Kansas||Co-Chair|
|Joyce Warshaw||Vice Mayor||City of Dodge City||Co-Chair|
|Doug Boline||Assistant Director||Kansas State Department of Education||Member|
|Irene Caudillo||President||El Centro of Kansas City||Member|
|Doris Chang||Associate Professor||Wichita State University||Member|
|Robert Cooper||Executive Director||Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing||Member|
|Kenya Cox||Executive Director||Kansas African American Affairs Commission||Member|
|Eric Davis||Chief Technology Officer||Kansas Office of Information Technology Services||Member|
|Janis DeBoer||Deputy Secretary||Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services||Member|
|Lindsey Douglas||Deputy Secretary||Kansas Department of Transportation||Member|
|Kasey Featherston||Director of Refugee and Immigration Services||Kansas Catholic Charities||Member|
|Tiara Marie Floyd||Student Body President||The University of Kansas||Member|
|Martha Gabehart||Executive Director||Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns||Member|
|Delia Garcia||Secretary of Labor||Kansas Department of Labor||Member|
|Lisa Garcia-Stewart||Commissioner||Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission||Member|
|Robert F. Gilligan||Governmental Relations Specialist||Kansas Association of School Boards||Member|
|Doug Graham||Public Relations Manager||Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center||Member|
|Janeé Hanzlick||Commissioner||Johnson County Government||Member|
|Marieta Hauser||Women’s Committee Chair||Kansas Farm Bureau||Member|
|Chris Howell||Executive Director||Kansas Office of Native American Affairs||Member|
|Elena Ivanov||Executive Director||Kansas Association of Community Action Programs||Member|
|Amber Jackson||Advertising Director||Kansas Press Association||Member|
|Brandon Johnson||Councilman||City of Wichita||Member|
|David Jordan||President||United Methodist Health Ministry Fund||Member|
|Leslie Kaufman||Director of Government Relations and Legal Counsel||Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.||Member|
|Emily Kelley||Partnership Coordinator||U.S. Census Bureau||Member|
|Cille King||Co-President||Kansas League of Women Voters||Member|
|Heather Lansdowne||Communications Director||Kansas Department of Agriculture||Member|
|Clay McCarty||Owner||McCarty Family Farms||Member|
|Janet McRae||Economic Development Director||Miami County||Member|
|Robin Newell||Executive Director||Emporia Public Library||Member|
|Eric Norris||State Librarian||State Library of Kansas||Member|
|Jansen Penny||Student Body President||The University of Kansas State||Member|
|Trudy Rice||Program Leader Coordinator/State Specialist||The University of Kansas State||Member|
|Reggie Robinson||Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs||University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration||Member|
|Eric Rohleder||Deputy Director||Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs||Member|
|Elizabeth “Lou” Saadi||State Registrar and Director||Kansas Department of Health and Environment||Member|
|Scott Schwab||Kansas Secretary of State||Office of the Secretary of State||Member|
|Henry Schwaller||Mayor||City of Hays||Member|
|Kathleen Smith||Director of Research||Kansas Department of Revenue||Member|
|Blanca Soto||Campaign Director||Kansas Appleseed||Member|
|Wendi Stark||Census Outreach Manager||League of Kansas Municipalities||Member|
|Tyler Tenbrink||Senior Labor Economist||Kansas Department of Labor||Member|
|David Toland||Secretary of Commerce||Kansas Department of Commerce||Member|
|Becky Tuttle||Councilwoman||City of Wichita||Member|
|Stacey Tweedy||Assistant Regional Director||Kansas Department for Children and Families||Member|
|Elizabeth “Betsy” Wearing||Coordinator of Programs, Communications & New Initiatives||Dane G. Hansen Foundation||Member|
|Xan Wedel||Senior Research Data Engineer||Kansas State Data Center||Member|
|Perry Wiggins||Executive Director||State of Kansas Military Council||Member|
|John Wilson||Vice President of Advocacy||Kansas Association for Children||Member|
If you are a Kansas Resident and want to learn more about taking the census, please visit the Residents page.
If you are a member of the Kansas Complete Count Committee; affiliated with a state agency, county or city government, or local Complete Count Committee Chair, please visit the Government Resources page.
If you would like information, have questions, or have requests for presentations regarding the 2020 Census, please visit the Census Contacts page.